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Jimmie Dale Gilmore

"Jimmie Dale Gilmore" (born May 6, 1945) is a country singer, songwriter, actor, recording artist and producer, currently living in Austin, Texas.

Gilmore was born in Amarillo, Texas and raised in the West Texas town of Lubbock, Texas. His earliest musical influence was the honky tonk brand of country music that his father played as a bar-band guitarist. In the 1950s, he was exposed to the emerging rock and roll of other West Texans such as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. He was profoundly influenced in the 1960s by the likes of The Beatles and Bob Dylan and the folk music and blues revival in that decade.

With Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore founded The Flatlanders. The group has been performing on and off since 1972. The band's first recording project, from the early 1970s, was barely distributed. It has since been acknowledged, through Rounder's 1991 reissue, (''More a Legend Than a Band'') as a milestone of progressive, alternative country. The three friends continued to reunite for occasional Flatlanders performances, and in May of 2002 released a long-awaited follow-up album, ''Now Again,'' on New West records.

Gilmore spent much of the 1970s in an ashram i...

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